In order to boost inbound foreign tourist arrivals, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Odisha (HRAO), has stressed on the need for starting e-tourist visa arrival facility for guests arriving at the Biju Patnaik International Airport.
Many airports in the country have e-tourist visa-on-arrival facility. However, Bhubaneswar airport, despite its international tag, lacks the facility.
It is imperative to have such a facility to attract foreign tourists”, said J K Mohanty, chairman of the association.
As many as 16 airports in India have e-tourist visa-on-arrival facilities.
The apex body representing the hotel industry in the state has submitted a list of recommendations to chief minister Naveen Patnaik. The recommendations were the outcome of the 2nd Odisha Tourism conclave held last year.
The suggestions also include declaring the hotel industry as an infrastructure industry in the state, which will enable the banks to provide a loan repayment period of 18 years for the industry.
To meet the growing demands of its tourism sector, Odisha has to add 5,000 more hotel rooms at an investment of Rs 50 billion (Rs 5,000 crore).